Closer to home, as part of the Common Travel Area, Jersey is the perfect place to rebalance. Hop on a plane or ferry, and you could be enjoying a sundowner within hours.
Whether you’re planning a little break or a grand adventure, discover all the facts about Jersey to help you make the most of your time on our little island. What language do we speak ‘ma larve’? Do you need to change your watch, and should you pack your adaptor? Find out everything you need to know here.
First things first...
...where exactly is Jersey?
If you’re planning a trip, it might be handy to know where we are! You’ll find us nestled in the English Channel and with views of France, Jersey is an island waiting to be discovered.
You’ve got the questions and we’ve got the answers.
Get in the know before you arrive on the island.
What is the Common Travel Area?
The Common Travel Area (CTA) is a longstanding agreement between the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Ireland which allows citizens to travel freely within the it without restrictions.
Is Jersey part of the UK?
Jersey is part of the British Isles. England, Scotland and Wales make up Great Britain, while the United Kingdom includes Great Britain and Northern Ireland. So, no, Jersey is not part of the United Kingdom.
Jersey is a British Crown Dependency that is defended and internationally represented by the UK government. Today, the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey is the personal representative of Her Majesty the Queen here in the island.
Jersey is self-governing and has it own financial and legal systems and its own courts of law.
What language do we speak in Jersey?
We speak English, with a faint Jersey accent, and as you explore you’ll see road signs in French – relics of our Norman past. Jersey has its own native language, Jèrriais – an old Norman language with a sprinkling of Norse. Although you may not hear it spoken, it’s part of the island’s heritage – look closely and you’ll see traces of it around the island from map locations to street names.
What currency does Jersey use?
Our currency is sterling, but the island has its own money, the Jersey pound. It’s one of the last few places you’ll see a pound note, and while the notes may look different, the value is the same. You’ll usually be given Jersey money as change when you’re shopping, but English money can be freely used and all major debit and credit cards are accepted. There are ATM machines in St. Helier and across the island.
Do you need to change your watch?
It’s the same as the UK. Jersey follows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and changes to British Summer Time along with the mainland.
Do you need to pack your adaptor?
The island uses UK plug sockets (3-pin) and 240 voltage. European and US visitors will need adaptors which can be bought in St Helier.
Can you use your mobile phone?
The main UK mobile networks don’t extend to Jersey and usually class phoning in Jersey as an international call. Check with your service provider for current charges. To call a Jersey telephone number from the UK, use the Jersey dialling code – 01534 and from any other country you must use +44 1534.
What permits will you need for your caravan?
Visitors wishing to travel to Jersey with a caravan or motorhome will require a permit. Contact your campsite directly or visit gov.je for further information.
Due to current legislation, it is not possible to use a caravan or motorhome as overnight accommodation except on a registered campsite. Please ensure that a reservation is made at a campsite prior to travelling to Jersey.
Can you work in Jersey?
Planning to live and work in Jersey? If you’re a British citizen or a national of a Member State of the European Economic Area, you don’t need a work permit. If you have relevant skills, you’re welcome to look for a job in Jersey. You can find out more information about living and working in Jersey here.
How big is Jersey?
The Islands of Jersey is only 5 miles long and 9 miles wide and about 45 square miles in area. A small island with lots to discover!
Now that you have all the answers…
…find inspiration for what to see and do on your Jersey holiday.